Oliver Wang

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' 'Soul Of A Woman' Is A Testament To Fortitude

Friday, November 17, 2017

Throughout their career together, Jones and her band gave listeners something to feel with every recording and every performance. That's still true on their final album.


Sunny And The Sunliners' 'Mr. Brown Eyed Soul' Is For The Loved And Lovelorn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The prodigious San Antonio band's new anthology is a tempting selection of its most enduring singles, from the era that helped propel the band from Texas locals into national stardom.


Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

Monday, April 17, 2017

If To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar's ornate jazz-funk experiment, played like billiard balls scattering after the break, then DAMN. wraps its focus inward: tight and layered, like a bundle of rubber bands.


First Listen: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk.


Songs We Love: Lee Fields & The Expressions, 'Never Be Another You'

Monday, December 26, 2016

Most of Fields' songs have been about love won, fought over and lost; it's a testament to his talent that each new one can feel like he's singing his heart out for the first time.


A Queen Among Kings

Monday, November 21, 2016

The fiery singer, whose work with The Dap-Kings helped inspire a soul revival, died Nov. 18 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.


Music Review: 'We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service,' A Tribe Called Quest

Monday, November 14, 2016

The new album from A Tribe Called Quest is the group's first in 18 years. We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, was recorded before the death of founding member Phife Dawg last March and was just released this month.


First Listen: The Frightnrs, 'Nothing More To Say'

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Singer Dan Klein died of ALS earlier this summer, but at least his rocksteady band was able to see its collective vision through on this one sublime album.


Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.


Songs We Love: Lady Wray, 'Do It Again'

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With a production team consisting of two seasoned retro-soul veterans, Nicole Wray's solo act shepherds '60s and '70s R&B styles into the present.


Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis' Early Demos Released

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Betty Davis was already gaining attention as Betty Mabry in the late 1960s when she met Miles Davis. He produced legendary sessions for her that have never been released — until now.


Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, 'Was Dog A Doughnut'

Friday, May 27, 2016

The steel drum tradition is unfairly maligned. The mysterious Hamburg group takes Cat Stevens' pioneering electro jam and replaces synths with steel.


'James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4' Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The 1972 concerts at The Apollo were recorded but, inexplicably, never released — until now. They show a side of Brown content to turn the show over to his collaborators.


Songs We Love: J Dilla, 'F*** The Police'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

#TBT to a 2001 track that surprised fans not with its title or message, but with the ferocity of Jay Dee's production.


Songs We Love: Million Dollar Ecstacy, 'Burning Inside'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

#TBT to a Bay Area garage studio in 1987 and an outsider boogie funk new wave disco fusion that was downright prescient.


Songs We Love: Charles Bradley, 'Things We Do For Love'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Daptone's "Screaming Eagle of Soul" returns with a restrained groove that could make even low-rider O.G.s go a little weak in the knees.


Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.


'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.


Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ghostface Killah's new 36 Seasons is a concept album with a big cast. It stars his Tony Starks alter ego in dense action scenes.


Protests Over Officer-Involved Deaths Continue Nationwide

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

In the past week, protests over the decisions not to indict police in two separate fatal incidents spread to communities around the country. We hear from two of the demonstrations in Berkeley, Calif., and Washington, D.C.